This year’s Citizenship Day which was held on Saturday April 14th attracted a record number of applicants from the Jacksonville community. The Coastal Law Naturalization Skills Lab with the help of student clinicians in the Immigration Rights Clinic planned, set up, and successfully held this annual event initiated by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”).
Volunteering at the event this year were 40 attorneys from the Jacksonville area, students from Professor Kara Roberts’ Citizenship Skills Lab, 15 clinicians from the Immigrant Rights Clinic, 35 other law student volunteers, Florida Coastal faculty and staff and 12 interpreters from a local non-profit agency. Students were able to assist 100 people from the Jacksonville community file their citizenship applications. Several other individuals whose applications needed more attention are being referred to local attorneys for pro bono representation.
The applicants who attended were from various countries. Some of the countries represented at the event were: Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Russia, Vietnam, Sudan, Panama, Liberia, Costa Rica, and a few European countries. The community came out in great number and expressed gratitude for this life changing event put on by Florida Coastal School of Law.